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Target puts Australia’s Classification Board to shame
Friday, December 5, 2014

“We applaud Target – who, following significant community concern, is removing the sexually violent computer game Grand Theft Auto V from all stores,” FamilyVoice Australia Research Officer Ros Phillips said today.  “Target has put to shame Australia’s Classification Board, which gave this game an R classification, allowing it to be freely sold to adults in family stores.”

Grand Theft Auto V rewards players who visit strip clubs, have sex with prostitutes, kill and maim people and run over pedestrians, all with striking realism.

“The Guidelines for Classification of Computer Games 2012 suggest that Grand Theft Auto V should never have made it onto store shelves in the first place,” Ros Phillips said.  “The Guidelines say that material must be given a Refused Classification rating (that is, banned) if it contains ‘implied sexual violence related to incentives and rewards’.  Grand Theft Auto V, a ‘first person’ game, encourages the player to engage in sexual encounters with a prostitute, then run over her, set her on fire and shoot her. 

“The violence in this situation is clearly in a sexual context.  If the Classification Board has deemed otherwise, the Classification Guidelines need to be changed to make it clear that violence in any sexual context must be refused classification.

“I call on the federal Attorney-General to take action – either to change the guidelines, or call for a review of this dangerous game’s classification,” Ros Phillips said.


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